Soil fungi may help determine the resilience of forests to environmental change From UCSC News March 16, 2018 By Jennifer McNulty Nature is rife with symbiotic relationships, some of which take place out of sight, like the rich underground exchange of nutrients that occurs between trees and soil fungi. But what happens in the dark may have profound implications above ground, too: A major new study reveals that soil fungi could play a significant [...]
Kai published a paper in Journal of Ecology on mycorrhizal-tree associations across the eastern US. UCSC News: Soil fungi may help determine the resilience of forests to environmental change, according to UC Santa Cruz study Mycorrhizal fungi provide soil nutrients and receive carbon resources from their host plants, with arbuscular and ectomycorrhizal fungi forming the two most common mycorrhizal associations with forest trees. Continental-scale distribution of tree-mycorrhizal associations in relation to soil carbon and [...]
Kai was invited to give a talk at Stanford Complexity Group’s Symposium It’s Complicated…..The Relationship of Complexity Theory to Normative Discourse in Science, Society, and Beyond Talk video available here: https://youtu.be/WYOkf4eerO0
Kai’s 2016 PNAS paper won the Best Young Investigator Paper Award, recognized by the Sino-Ecologists Association Overseas (Sino-Eco). Kai received the award at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) 2017 Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. From the July 2017 issue of Sino-Eco newsletter: Dr. Kai Zhu is an assistant professor at University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Zhu completed his postdoc at Carnegie Institution for Science and Stanford University. Dr. Zhu received his Ph.D. in ecology and M.S. [...]
Cong's paper on a new vegetation index is published in Remote Sensing of Environment. Congrats, Cong! Wang C, Chen J, Wu J, Tang Y, Shi P, Black A, Zhu K (2017). A snow-free vegetation index for improved monitoring of vegetation spring green-up date in deciduous ecosystems. Remote Sensing of Environment, 196, 1-12.
Dr. Cong Wang, recently graduated from Beijing Normal University, joins Zhu Lab in March 2017. Cong's PhD research focused on developing new algorithms for improving the monitoring of vegetation phenology using remote sensing and investigating the relationship between vegetation phenology and climate change. Cong brings in expertise in remote sensing to the lab. Welcome, Cong!